Labor Support Services (Currently taking only “repeat” clients for labor support)

My Labor Support Services are offered in a package and include the following:

Dad and Shelley help mom through labor

Dad and Shelley help mom through labor

  • 2 prenatal visits to discuss your birth goals, practice labor techniques together, and get to know you and your partner, your wishes and preferences.
  • 1 prenatal visit with you and your caregiver to discuss your plans and wishes for labor and birth.
  • Unlimited phone calls/text/emails for questions and concerns before, and after the birth. 24/7 on call availability.
  • Continuous, one on one labor support once labor begins. When you feel you need me, I will meet you either at home or at the hospital.
  • Assistance immediately after the delivery (usually 1-2 hours after the birth) with your personal needs, picture taking, and beginning breastfeeding.
  • Postpartum follow-up: 1-2 visits (depending on your needs) at your convenience after you come home to address baby care, recovery, and breastfeeding questions.
  • Personalized birth story, written from my perspective, for you to keep!

“Shelley, Thank you so much for everything you’ve done for us. Milo’s birth would have been a vastly different experience without you— I’m not at all sure I could have done it naturally without your help”
— Krisdee, mom to Milo, and now, Eliot

Postpartum Services $30/hr single baby, $35/hr twins

Postpartum Visit

Postpartum Visit

My Postpartum services are an hourly basis (minimum 2 hours per visit) for up to 6 weeks after your delivery to assist with the following:

  • Help take care of you and your baby so you can rest, shower, eat and take care of yourself.
  • Help with light household tasks such as dishes, laundry, light cleaning, etc.
  • Help with errands, grocery shopping, simple meal preparation.
  • Breastfeeding education and assistance, including troubleshooting problems, answering questions, and learning how to use your pump and introducing bottles at the right time.
  • Professional guidance on newborn care, soothing techniques, safe sleep, baby-wearing, and helping you get to know your newborn.
  • Assisting with the family’s transition during the postpartum period, including helping your and your partner figure out your new roles as parents, suggestions to help older siblings adjust to the new baby, guidance on smoothing the transition when your partner goes back to work, learning to get enough sleep and take care of yourself.

How does a doula really make a difference?
Results from different studies have all suggested that having a doula reduces the overall cesarean rate by 50%, Pitocin use by 40% and requests for epidurals by 60%. The use of a doula also showed a major reduction in the length of labor due to fewer stress hormones being produced in the laboring woman’s body.

The Doula Book © 2002; Klaus, Marshall, Klaus and Kennell.